Thanks to my awesome wife, we were able to stay in Keystone for 2 nights and 3 days this past weekend! Ride plans? Definitely. Day one was Saturday, which was "my day." All day. Yes. Bike of choice? My Intense Carbine. Carbon, light, stiff, super responsive, and 6" of buttery suspension in the back. And a great climber. The Carbine is probably my favorite bike of all time and an excellent all arounder. I couldn't think of a better companion on a journey of this magnitude. Epic trails and epic adventure were calling my name.
Started off on a trail that looks like this. I don't know if it was a secret or not, but it started right out of the Keystone Gulch Trailhead, but on the W side of the creek. Very narrow and good.
Anytime you see this sign, you know the trail is going to be the goods. Always top notch quality on the Colorado Trail!
After the CT, I dropped down to Tiger Rd, then south to Georgia Gulch Rd. The goal was to climb up GA Gulch Rd and head east on an unmarked flume. True to my nature, I didn't get that far. I found brand spankin new moto trail kind of sort of generally going in more or less the right direction. I took it.
The flume was one of the best parts of the entire journy. For over a mile, I enjoyed it's flow and its change of character, but it would eventually drop me off on FS355 for one final kick before reaching Georgia Pass. And it was relentless. So relentless, it actually reminded me of Left Hand. Fresh, it would've been an ok and mostly tolerable climb, but I was already almost 4 hours in. I spent some time walking it's super steep pitches.
The typical bike on trail shot during a mandatory, cramp induced break. The Carbine had proved to be the perfect bike for this mission, zero complaints. Well, I'd complain about cramping legs, but that wasn't the fault of the bike.
Pure awesome. Maybe the single most memorable and hard and fun ride of the year. Maybe. And this was only day 1. 2 more days in Keystone to go!